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Resurrecting this old thread because one song is just in my head. It is a morality tale, not sure if it is based on a folk song or earlier song or story, but it is Sarah Brightman's Hijo de la Luna and is a very pagan song.
It tells the story of a gypsy woman who invokes the goddess of the moon for a love spell. She wants a passionate, gypsy man as her lover. The moon comes down and agrees to give her her man, but in return, she wants their first born son.
[This is very pagan. You want something from the gods, you have to offer something]
The gypsy agrees, but scoffs at the goddess for wanting to act like a woman. She mocks her, "You can't find a lover to make you a woman, what are you going to do with a mortal child?"
[Also very pagan. Pagans do not grovel in front of their gods and can talk to them adult to adult. The gods can be very tolerant of disrespect when they want to.]
But everything goes as planned. The gypsy woman gets her virile dark-skinned gypsy lover and is soon with child. The moon bestows her blessing on the child in the womb in anticipation of the child being hers.
The child is born, and flush with the moon's blessing, looks nothing like his father or mother, pale-skinned with gray eyes.
The passionate gypsy man feels he has been cuckolded. He confronts his lover, knife in hand, demanding to know who the father is. Of course, the gypsy woman cannot answer. He kills her to defend his honor, takes the child and exposes the infant on the mountaintop. Where the moon happily comes down to claim her own.
To remind everyone she is a mother, the moon turns to a crescent to rock and comfort her child.
[I always imagine the goddess of the moon at this point, smirking. Trade's a trade. Be careful what you wish for]
"Hijo De La Luna"
These days I like to open my circle with: Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath, fire my spirit. And close my circle with the earth, the air, the fire, the water, return, return, return, return. Some people don't like the order I put the elements in but that is how I learned them and it works for me.
This one is called the Urilia Chant